|1896 One Dollar Silver Certificate from the Educational Series "History Instructing Youth"|
|1896 $1 Silver Certificate Educational Series, George and Martha Washington|
Paper Money of the United States: 1896 One Dollar Silver Certificate from the Educational Series
This is the famous Educational Note, designed by Will H. Low and engraved by Charles Schlecht.
The Series 1896 One Dollar Silver Certificate is the first note of the famous Educational Series of 1896 - considered the most artistically designed of all U.S. currency issues - and reflects a time in American history when currency was not just money but also a work of art. This note was ranked 7st most beautiful note in the book 100 Greatest American Currency Notes compiled by Bowers and Sundman.
Obverse: The Goddess History instructing a youth, pointing to a panoramic view of the Potomac River and Washington D.C. The Washington Monument and the US Capitol Building are visible in the background. The United States Constitution is displayed to the right. Circling the motif are the last names of famous Americans. Some of those listed are: (George) Washington, (Benjamin) Franklin, (Thomas) Jefferson, (Robert) Fulton, (Samuel F.B.) Morse, & (Ulysses S.) Grant. The obverse of this note also bears the phrase, "THIS CERTIFIES THAT THERE HAS BEEN DEPOSITED IN THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES ONE SILVER DOLLAR PAYABLE TO THE BEARER ON DEMAND WASHINGTON, D.C."
Reverse: Busts of George and Martha Washington. Thomas F. Morris designed the reverse from a portrait of Martha Washington, engraved by Charles Burt in 1878, and a portrait of George Washington, engraved in 1867 by Alfred Sealey. Portraits of both George and Martha Washington, separated by the number "1" (which has led some people to joke that this is the "only one to ever come between George and Martha Washington"). Also displayed on the reverse is a redemption clause that states, "THIS CERTIFICATE IS REDEEMABLE FOR CUSTOMS, TAXES AND ALL PUBLIC DUES, AND WHEN SO RECEIVED MAY BE REISSUED."
Signatures: (as depicted) James Fount Tillman (Register of the Treasury) Daniel Nash Morgan (Treasurer of the United States).
The Third Issue of Silver Certificates, Series 1896, were released in three denominations and are titled the "Educational Series". The $1 note (History Instructing Youth), the $2 note (Science Presenting Steam & Electricity to Commerce and Manufacture) and the $5 note (Electricity as the Dominant Force in the World). These notes are very popular with collectors and are usually considered both the Most Historical and Most Artistically designed of all issues of U.S. Paper Money.
1896 1 Dollar Silver Certificate Educational Series "History Instructing Youth"
1896 2 Dollar Silver Certificate Educational Series "Science presents Steam and Electricity to Commerce and Manufacture"
1896 5 Dollar Silver Certificate Educational Series "Electricity as the Dominant Force in the World"